The Arran Black

Spring 2024: Perfect HELM Style and Outfit Pairings for the Season

Spring events are here and our styles of men's full-grain leather footwear are comfortable, durable, and versatile. As you're preparing for your next event, here are a few of our favorite outfit pairings from some great brands. Read on if you're looking for men's style inspiration for spring, and use the table of contents below to jump to a specific section.

Wedding Style: At The Altar or In The Pews Featuring The Arran

Whether you're tying the knot, serving as Best Man, or enjoying a friend or loved one's wedding as an attendee, you can always rely on a blue or navy suit for a fancy spring event. We love a classic brand like Brooks Brothers for suits, because they use high-quality materials, the cut is stylish, and your purchase includes the tailoring. Best of all, these styles can be reasonably priced, especially during sale windows.

Here we've paired our own men's full-grain leather brogue style, The Arran Black, with the Brooks Brothers Slim Fit Stretch Wool Two-Button 1818 Suit and an Ainsley Collar Dress Shirt,

The Arran is our dressy brogue shoe handcrafted from Calfanil leather, which is a sleeker leather article that lends to a dressier-looking style. Each pair of The Arran is hand-stained on the bottom arch in an espresso color, and then hand-buffed as a last step before the shoes are laced and boxed up.

Style Feature: The Arran Men's Leather Brogue Shoe

Spring Fling: An Evening Out Featuring The Bradley

Pleasant weather means more date nights, but the varying temperatures mean your style might require some layering. A blazer can carry your outfit because makes you look good and keeps you comfortable at the same time. We chose a few of our favorite brands to style this outfit.

The blazer shown here is the Jetsetter Washed Navy Cotton Blazer from Bonobos. For the shirt style, we love linen as things warm up, and Faherty's Laguna Linen Shirt is a fantastic option. You can't go wrong with denim or a chino style, but for pants here we've chosen something only slightly different from Buck Mason. 

The Herringbone Twill Full Saddle Larsen Pant is a single-pleated trouser that combines small-batch garment dyeing and natural enzyme rinsing to create its subtle color variation. For the footwear foundation, we've chosen our Bradley style, which is a classic Oxford and a perfect pair to dress up or dress down.

Style Feature: The Bradley Classic Men's Leather Oxford Shoe

The Concert Look Featuring The Finn

It brings us absolutely no shame to say that you could browse Imogene + Willie's graphic tees and nearly every single option would go great with this category. All of the Nashville-born company's tees are patterned, cut, and sewn in the USA from 100% cotton, and many of the designs have music roots--some very directly--and all make for great options when you're going to listen to your favorite band.

For our own style recommendation, we chose a nod to Nashville, and paired it with 7 For All Mankind's Heritage Utility Denim Overshirt and Taylor Stitch's Morse Pant in Bleached Indigo Herringbone.

For our own part, we recommend our men's suede Chelsea boot style, The Finn Sienna, when you're heading out to listen to music. The Chelsea has rock 'n roll roots, and our Sienna version is handcrafted out of waxed and water-resistant Rusan suede, so it can take the elements, and it can handle a beer spill.

Style Feature: The Finn Men's Leather Chelsea Boot

Manning The BBQ Featuring The Wilson

As grilling season comes into focus, shedding a few layers becomes the move. We love what our friends at Vustra are doing, and we were introduced to them last year when we peeped their short sleeve button-down lineup. Shown here is the Almond Floral Print Shirt, which has a darker-colored subtle approach to a warm weather article of clothing. Everlane's Linen Easy Short in Kalamata Olive is a solid option that we think provides the Goldilocks of leg coverage. (Just right.)

Our Tan suede colorway in The Wilson is a can't-miss warm weather option, and it regularly sells out online.

Style Feature: The Wilson Classic Men's Loafer

Graduation: On the Stage or In the Audience Featuring The Hynes

Simple fact: especially for men, what you're rocking under your cap and gown is usually overlooked. Graduates either play it too casual and you can tell as much from their thong sandals, or they're doing the most basic khaki and blue button-down combo. What we're routinely forgetting in these situations is that there's a whole day of events, and the graduation regalia only comprises about a quarter of them. Contrasting darks and lighter shades of brown can elevate your look, and The Hynes is the most comfortable footwear we make that we would recommend for a long day like graduation, whether you're grabbing your diploma or cheering on a newly-minted graduate from the seats.

Style Feature: The Hynes Men's Leather Chukka Boot

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